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Carriage of Goods by Sea (Module)

Module description

The course on the Carriage of Goods by Sea will examine legal issues arising from the need to transport the goods by sea, the main mode of transport in international commerce, and how contracts for the carriage of goods by sea are governed. The issues addressed in this course will be: the common rules implied in contracts of carriage; the voyage and time charterparties; bills of lading; the application of the Hague-Visby Rules, incorporated into English law by the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971. The Hague-Visby Rules are an amendment to the International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law Relating to Bills of Lading (Hague Rules, adopted 1924), incorporated in a document known as the Brussels Protocol 1968. Other international conventions, such as the UN Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea 1978 (the Hamburg Rules) and the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (the Rotterdam Rules) 2008, will be touched upon briefly. The course is essential to students with interests in international commercial law and international trade and shipping. 

Staff information

Professor Djakhongir Saidov

Teaching pattern

Learning and teaching methods vary but may include watching video content, engaging in discussion forums, taking part in live chat/webinar sessions, self-directed activities, doing quizzes or working through interactive content designed to stimulate your thoughts and help you to apply knowledge.

You will be expected to undertake approximately 20 hours of study per week which may typically be broken down as follows:

  • Directed study - 2 (web content material including recorded video, text, graphics)
  • Other activity - 2 (1 hour live seminar and 1 hour of discussion board)
  • Self-directed learning and assessment work - 16 (including completing set tasks and reading, research, revision)

Module assessment - more information

A small percentage of your final module mark will be based on your participation in discussion forums, unless stated otherwise. The remaining percentage will typically be assessed by a 48-hour take-home exam. 

Key information

Module code 7FFLP010

Credit level 7

Assessment written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No